Cocktail Hour

The Secret Ingredient? A Fully-Stocked Bar

You love coming home to your well-stocked bar at the end-of-the-week when all you need is a stiff cocktail. Now it’s time to tap into your bar’s full potential and use those liquors and spirits for more than just drinks! Try something new and work your go-to of liquor into a classic, easy recipe or two. Here are some ideas for using spirits in the kitchen:

– Our favorite recipe featuring cognac: Ina Garten’s Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic

– The anise-flavored spirit pernod is a delicious addition to Bon Appetit’s Steamed Mussels

– Red wine is the secret (and the main) ingredient in Julia Child’s Classic Beef Bourguignon. While she calls for a young red, like Chianti, you can use your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Pinot Noir for this delicious beef recipe.

– Cooking with spirits isn’t reserved just for savory dishes–fruits and liquor pair just as well! Try this simple cherry preserve recipe and substitute half of the water for your favorite bourbon to make Bourbon Cherry Preserves.


– Jared Levan



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